It was the second quarter Saturday and Texas A&M faced third-and-6 at the Arkansas 31 and faced a third and six, leading 24-17. Johnny Manziel began scrambling, but defensive end Chris Smith grabbed hold in the backfield and Deatrich Wise locked on as well, dropping Manziel for a 7-yard loss. Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen was not sacked, increasing Arkansas’ sacks vs. sacks allowed to plus-12 for the season. The plus-11 going into the A&M game was tied for third in the nation. Arkansas recorded five sacks in the loss to Rutgers the previous week, which at the time was the most in a game by any Southeastern Conference team.
By the numbers:
1 — Arkansas penalties in the game after recording six vs. Rutgers.
HUNTER HENRY: The freshman from Little Rock’s Pulaski Academy came up big for Arkansas against Texas A&M with four catches for 109 yards, including a 52-yard reception early in the second half to help set up a touchdown on Arkansas’ second possession of the half. Alex Collins’ 9-yard TD run made it 31-27 Aggies at that point.
BRANDON ALLEN: After two weeks of not throwing the football, the Arkansas sophomore quarterback returned in the Southeastern Conference opener against Texas A&M and threw for three touchdowns, drawing postgame praise from coach Bret Bielema. He was 10-for-18 for 168 yards by halftime. He finished the game 17-of-36 for 282 yards, although he threw two interceptions, including a pick-6 to start the second half. Allen injured his throwing shoulder on a touchdown run in the first quarter against Southern Miss and missed the Rutgers game. He was listed as doubtful for the A&M game until Bieliema tweeted Friday night that the Razorbacks would have some players back for A&M, including Allen. He began practicing Wednesday, Bielema said after the game.